Step Afrika! pays homage to the African American step show, introduces audiences to Zulu and South African Gumboot Dance, shares the step tradition of audience participation and closes with a complex, polyrhythmic percussive symphony that brings audiences to their feet.
Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Under Williams’ leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s cultural exports, touring more than 70 countries across the globe. Step Afrika! Now ranks as one of the top ten African-American dance companies in the United States.
Step Afrika! is featured prominently at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African-American History & Culture with the world’s first stepping interactive. In 2017, Step Afrika! made its off-broadway debut with the critically-acclaimed production, The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence.
“The performance that this phenomenally accomplished Washington-based company gave turned body language into body music. The kind that makes you want to get up and dance.” – The Boston Globe
Presented as part of the festivities of EIU’s African American Awareness Month.